Board of Directors

 
Peter Chasse, Founder

Peter Chasse, President & Founder

Peter founded The Water Project in 2006 with a committed group of students in Saint John, NB, Canada where he was serving as a Pastor. Together they set out to complete one water project after hearing of a specific need in Kenya. It quickly became evident that by equipping people with the right tools for telling the story of water, a movement could take hold. Within three years, TWP had raised its first $1 million of support for clean water projects - almost all through individual and small group efforts.

Peter's background in software design, marketing, non-profit development and faith-based ministry enabled TWP to grow rapidly through grass-roots and deeply relational fundraising campaigns around the world. By leveraging and integrating modern cloud-based software solutions he also purpose-built the backbone of The Water Project's unique online project management and reporting tools together with our website. These solutions bring scalable and approachable software tools to the front lines of the water crisis where transparency and accountability are critically needed. Though his passion is helping others find reliable access to safe water, Peter finds his greatest joy hanging out with his wife and three young children.

Michael Ballou, Treasurer

Michael has been with The Water Project for over six years and is responsible for day to day operational activities (he helps cross the t’s and dot the i’s). A B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary affords Mike the depth of experience he needs to tackle almost anything. Any particular moment might find Michael purchasing coffee beans to keep the office supplied, reconciling a bank statement, or working with one of our partners to address a key technical issue in the field.

Michael lives in Weare, NH, with his wife and 3 children. When not in the office, Michael stays busy serving at his local church, playing the guitar and enjoying the great outdoors.

Amy Karjala, Director

Amy has been working in nonprofit fundraising since 1997, in a variety of direct fundraising and leadership roles. Today, she leads the curriculum team at Mission Increase Foundation teaching faith-based nonprofits to approach fundraising differently – engaging and equipping givers as the agents of change, not simply the suppliers of dollars. Amy lives in Oregon and devotes much of her time to her adorably spunky daughter, her family and “bonus” family, riding her mountain bike or paddleboard, and pursuing her love of good tea.

David Myers, Chairperson

Dave's professional background includes a graduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has decades of experience building teams and growing private and public companies and organizations in high tech, biotechnology and educational technology. He has applied his team building and growth expertise and experience to The Water Project.

Dave loves bicycling and spending time with his family. He and his wife Nancy live near Boston, MA and have three married children and ten grandchildren.

David Sacra, Director

Dave has an Engineering and MBA educational background and spent over 30 years in high tech manufacturing, including roles in Manufacturing Engineering, Materials, New Product Program Management, before moving into a career in Quality. Dave was the Director of Quality for a major electronics manufacturer for many years and has recently moved to be the VP of Quality for a division of Ingersoll Rand. Dave is excited about applying his skills in global Quality leadership to The Water Project and the important work that TWP does. Dave and his wife Jean have recently moved to Mooresville, NC and have 4 daughters, and five grandchildren.